Settling Madagascar: When Did People First Colonize the World’s Largest Island?

  title={Settling Madagascar: When Did People First Colonize the World’s Largest Island?},
  author={Peter Mitchell},
  journal={The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology},
  pages={576 - 595}
  • P. Mitchell
  • Published 1 October 2020
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  • The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology
Abstract Madagascar poses a significant challenge for understanding how people colonized islands. While its inhabitants also share an African ancestry, language, genetics, and culture all point to the arrival on the island of Austronesian-speaking settlers from the far side of the Indian Ocean. Recent decades have seen increasing acceptance of a late first-millennium BC date for Madagascar’s initial settlement, based principally on arguments relating to the purported antiquity and presence of… 
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